DSKNT - Vacuum γ​-​Noise Transition review

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Album: Vacuum γ​-​Noise Transition
Release date: February 2021

01. Spin
02. Deconvolution J/ψ [Part I]
03. Transition K0 [Part I]
04. Θ-Noise - Phase Shift
05. Transition Ω- [Part II]
06. Deconvolution Ξ*0 [Part II]
07. Spore

Listen. I don't want to brag or anything, but I have an engineering degree, so I am at least a bit versed in "the sciences". That said, what the fuck is a "γ​-​Noise Transition"?

I did a few Google searches for "γ​-​Noise Transition", "Transition Ω", and "Θ-Noise", and though I did find some results, most of them were actually links to the DSKNT songs, so I have a feeling that either the band members are really passionate about a niche of mathematics, or they really like the esoteric appeal of the aesthetic. But then again, they're talking a lot about noise manipulation, which they certainly know a lot about. And with how the album feels like controlled chaos, I can guess that some mathematics was involved in the songwriting.

DSKNT is a Swiss duo, where Quasar does the vocals and Asknt does everything else. Keep that in mind, since all of the instrumentation is the work of a single person. Both of them are involved in other projects from as far back as roughly a decade, but none of them are featured yet on our website, and I haven't managed to check them yet, so judging Vacuum γ​-​Noise Transition as a standalone, I can feel that Asknt has a really good sense for crafting oppressive atmospheres that build upon the dissonant black/death sound that has been developed over the past couple of decades. This album would obviously feel a lot fresher if it arrived earlier, at a time when this sound didn't feel as saturated, but DSKNT somehow manage to make it more exciting.

The album feels a bit more tinged towards the death metal side compared to its predecessor, though not enough to drown out the main black metal component, but a lot of the riffs and vocals have a bit more oomph. The atmosphere of it is pretty suffocating in its dissonance, taking a bit of cues from the cosmic ambient black metal sound, as well as some ambient noise as well, but it never feels like it's trying to much to be ambiental, as if that is more of a result of its industrial production and sound sculpturing than its songwriting. The songwriting itself feels a bit more chaotic, but you can tell that the intricacies were well-planned, like Serpent Column's mathcore touches run through a heavy Portal filter, with some industrial Blut Aus Nord sprinkles on top.

In the end, DSKNT don't reinvent the dissonant black metal wheel here, but they showcase a mastering of the craft and just enough originality to inject a bit more life into it. And in the meantime making Vacuum γ​-​Noise Transition a swirling beast of noisy chaos. I just wish I understood what concepts it's referencing.


Written on 16.02.2021 by My opinion is objective, sorry if you don't agree, but you're wrong.


Comments: 2   Visited by: 21 users
18.02.2021 - 22:50
Giant robot
Petition to rename the album "Vacuumy Noise Transition" because that works just as well for the atmospheric bits.
18.02.2021 - 23:18
Written by Ilham on 18.02.2021 at 22:50

Petition to rename the album "Vacuumy Noise Transition" because that works just as well for the atmospheric bits.

I'll sign it
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One day there will be no heart at all?

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